close
Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Reloading

Reloading Berger Bullets

Reply

Nosler Accubond Performance

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Unread 09-03-2010, 09:34 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 219
Nosler Accubond Performance

Hello All,

I took an Elk this week with a .30-06 with handloaded Nosler Accubonds. A little about the Elk. It was between 5.5 and 6.5 years old and weighed between 600 and 700 lbs according to the DNR biologist. It was a 6x6.

The handload, 53.5gr of IMR 4350 with a 180gr Nosler Accubond, Winchester Primer seated .03" off the lands. The bullet was traveling approximately 2500 fps.

Two shots taken at 210 yards. First shot was a lung shot. Very small hole on the way in, couldn't hardly get my pinky in it. Blew a 1.5" section of a rib away. Left a tiny pencil thin hole on the off side. Second shot also at 210 yards went in on the right side of the chest, opening another pencil thin hole traveled through the vitals, through the guts and exited just before the rear hind on the right side opening a nickle size hole.

So essentially I felt that there was very little expansion. I would have expected the bullet to expand on the lung shot because it hit a rib and blew a section of it out. Then on the cross the body shot I would have expected no exit wound.

What is your guys take on this type of bullet performance?

Tom
Reply With Quote
  •   #2  
    Unread 09-03-2010, 09:44 AM
    Gold Member
     
    Join Date: Jan 2008
    Location: NW Montana
    Posts: 904
    Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

    Our experience has been quite different but we are pushing them from 300wsm,300 win,and 300 ultra. We have had large wound channels and unfortunatley alot of blood shot. No far shots though longest was 350,closest only 30 yards.I think if you went to 165's the results may be slightly different.
    Reply With Quote

      #3  
    Unread 09-03-2010, 09:50 AM
    Silver Member
     
    Join Date: Apr 2009
    Posts: 189
    Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

    That bullet might be a little better suited in a larger chambering. I would guess the lighter accubond might be a better choice for expansion. Or if you wanted to stay with the 180 the ballistic tip would probably open better. The partition would be a good choice for those ranges and they have a really good track record. I have seen alot of deer and elk shot with the 180 grain accubond and they all preformed well, but they started 630 fps faster.
    Reply With Quote
      #4  
    Unread 09-03-2010, 09:55 AM
    Silver Member
     
    Join Date: Dec 2005
    Location: Colorado
    Posts: 341
    Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

    The last Elk I shot was at 220 yards, and I put one through the shoulder from a 7mm (160 gr. Accubond at 2950 FPS). It went through all the bone and the old girl dropped on the spot. A little earlier I shot a mulie at 165 with the same load, and it literally fell over with out moving its hoofs. In this case there was a small entrance wound (pencil sized), no exit, and NO blood. There was massive organ damage. I'd suggest dropping the weight down a little and driving them faster.
    __________________
    If you like your hunting rifle, you can keep your hunting rifle.
    Reply With Quote
      #5  
    Unread 09-03-2010, 10:29 AM
    Silver Member
     
    Join Date: Jul 2009
    Posts: 219
    Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

    Sounds like I need to go faster. I'll try that on some deer for this year hunting season before I give up on this bullet weight.

    Tom
    Reply With Quote
      #6  
    Unread 09-03-2010, 04:18 PM
    Silver Member
     
    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Las Cruces, NM
    Posts: 156
    Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

    For starters, you are pushing a bullet designed to hold together at speeds over 3000 fps velocity, at only 2500 fps. Second you went through over 2 feet of critter. The bullet will have slowed down a lot by the time it exited. I am actually surprised it exited. I would not expect a large exit from a 30-06 at 200 yards on an elk. If you hit large bones, I could see more damage but not for a lung shot.

    Personally, I see no need for premium bullets from a 30-06. Standard bullets will work just fine, cause more trauma, penetrate enough to do the job, and hold up well enough due to moderate velocity.
    Reply With Quote
      #7  
    Unread 09-03-2010, 04:24 PM
    Silver Member
     
    Join Date: Jul 2009
    Posts: 219
    Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

    Hnt,

    I agree with everything your saying. I chose the Accubond because of the BC. I dialed the load down because this is where I was seeing the best accuracy.

    I'm actually pretty happy things went the way they did. The other hunter in our camp was using a Remington Coreloc and he lost a lot of meat with a well placed shot. I lost maybe 1.5 lbs.

    Just figured I'd see a bit more expansion than I saw.

    Tom
    Reply With Quote
    Reply

    Bookmarks

    Thread Tools
    Display Modes


    Similar Threads for: Nosler Accubond Performance
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    whats the difference between Winchester Accubond and Nosler Accubond? matt_3479 Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 3 06-29-2011 03:30 PM
    Terminal Performance - Accubond vs SST kiwicharlie Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 5 05-22-2011 12:39 PM
    180 gr 30 cal N Accubond performance britz Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 3 11-16-2009 03:49 PM
    Accubond performance on elk sambo3006 Long Range Hunting & Shooting 1 10-25-2005 06:07 PM
    Nosler 200 Accubond performance D.P. Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 7 03-15-2005 12:27 PM


    All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:41 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
    All content ©2010-2015 Long Range Hunting, LLC